Archaeologists / Experienced Archaeologists

Milton Keynes and Andover

Salary up to 20,548 (dependent on experience)
Permanent and fixed-term contracts available

Cotswold Archaeology requires a number of talented field archaeologists to join our teams based in Cirencester, Milton Keynes and Andover. With a strong ongoing portfolio of fieldwork, we are looking for hard-working and dedicated individuals to assist in the excavation of a range of rural and urban archaeological sites of many different periods. As well as assisting with local projects in the South and West you will also be required to support our field teams currently working on exciting projects in the East of England (Cambridgeshire and East Anglia) between now and the end of 2017, for which accommodation and subsistence will be provided. Those projects should also provide good opportunities for accruing lieu and overtime.

The Package

Along with a starting salary well above the CIfA minimum, we offer a highly competitive benefits package including:

  • A generous lieu and overtime scheme operated for all driving time, and time spent in excess of 45 minutes each way as a passenger, outside of the normal 7.5 hour working day (accumulate up to 10 days additional lieu time annually)
  • 30 days annual leave (including statutory holidays)
  • Generous pension and life assurance schemes
  • Paid CIfA membership subscription
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Award winning training programme geared to career progression

The Details

Archaeologists Ideally, candidates for the post of Archaeologist will be able to demonstrate their competence in core fieldwork skills through provision of a completed Archaeology Skills Passport ( (link is external)), or similar training log provided by another employer and completed during previous experience working for commercial British archaeological practices.

Your core skills and experience should include manual excavation and recording of archaeological features, and the recovery of artefacts or samples. You should also be able to complete stratigraphic matrices, photograph archaeological features and sites, use tapes to record measurements accurately, compose accurate measured drawings and take levels.

Experienced Archaeologists We are also looking for more experienced field archaeologists to assist our Supervisors with the training and mentoring of Trainee Archaeologists and with machine supervision. Candidates with demonstrable and considerable commercial archaeological fieldwork experience, who can provide documented evidence of their proficiency both in core fieldwork skills and machine supervision/watching brief, staff training/development and an aptitude for GPS survey will be eligible for the higher starting salary. In date training in the use of CAT and Genny equipment is also desirable.

For both posts, membership of the CIfA at PCIfA level is desirable, as is possession of a current and valid CSCS Health and Safety Card, and a full driving licence. However, CSCS training can be arranged for those who do not currently possess a valid card. Personal protective equipment will be issued for the duration of employment.

Away working will be required for certain projects, for which accommodation and subsistence will be provided. Please note all pay scales quoted are annual equivalents based on a 37.5 hour week.

How to apply

You can access detailed role descriptions, person specifications and an application form at; (link is external) please submit a completed application form, CV and covering letter, including complete contact details of two referees with recent first hand knowledge of your fieldwork ability.

Please state clearly whether you are interested in a permanent or fixed-term contract, and at which of our offices you would wish to be based.

Email or post to HR Department, Cotswold Archaeology, Building 11, Kemble Enterprise Park, Cirencester, GL7 6BQ. Closing date for these opportunities is 10am on Monday 3 April 2017.

posted: 20 March 2017     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.